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Spurs v Charlton Head to Head

Posted on 2 February 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Minutes on pitch 1080 2119
Goals 1 3
Passes 456 963
Passing Accuracy 74% 77%
Interceptions 0 3
Clearances 26 12
Tackles 39 32
Tackles Won 77% 81%
Fouls 5 7
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 20/1 14/1
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Ledley King v
Claus Jensen

While George Graham may feel pleased that his side are, as yet, unbeaten in the year 2001, a 4-2 win against nine-man Newcastle followed by three 0-0 draws is hardly the sort form Spurs fans dream about. Indeed, those goals against the Magpies are the only ones that Tottenham have managed in their last seven Premiership fixtures, so it is easy to see why Lilywhites fans are unhappy with the club's current predicament.

On Saturday, Spurs play host to Charlton, who are themselves without a league defeat in the new year. The difference between the clubs is that the Addicks actually look dangerous going forward. They have hit the target with 52% of their shots this term - the second-best ratio in the Premiership and nine percentage points better than Tottenham. Consequently, Alan Curbishley's side have scored eight goals in their last five games and must be confident of getting something from their visit to White Hart Lane.

One of the main reasons why Charlton have been so effective going forward this term is that they have been able to get goals from all over the field. Particularly impressive has been central midfielder Claus Jensen, who has hit the target with over half of his 37 shots this term, and scored three times.

Compare this to the situation at Spurs, where Graham has been using central defender Ledley King in midfield in order to protect his back-line. It hardly makes for entertaining football. King has tried his luck with just five shots this season, although he did manage to score once in the game at Bradford in December, which was actually the fastest goal in Premiership history.

However, other areas of King's attacking play leave much to be desired. He has got forward to whip in only six crosses, and of those centres, only one has found its way to a Tottenham team-mate. This compares unfavourably with Jensen, who has whipped in 192 crosses this season - the fifth-highest total in the division - and found a Charlton colleague with 36% of them.

However, the defensive solidity that King provides Spurs is unquestionable. The England under-21 international has emerged with the ball in 77% of his challenges - the best ratio of any midfielder at the club - and his strength and tenacity have ensured that Tottenham have conceded just three goals in the six home games that he has played.

Despite Spurs' recent difficulties going forward, Saturday's game could be an entertaining affair, as there have been 17 goals in the last five fixtures between the two sides. And with Jensen getting forward to threaten the Tottenham goal, King will have to work hard to preserve the Lilywhites' unbeaten home record.

Rupert Webster